An old video shows Jawaharlal Nehru participating in a bid for the launch of India's first ship, 'Jal Usha'

NEW DELHI: Even when Congress criticized the BJP for the defense minister Rajnath Singh visiting France to receive the first fighter plane and act '' on it, a video shows the former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru placing a bid when the first ship of India was launched '' on March 14, 1948.

Syed Athar Dehlavi, president of Anjuman Minhaj-e-Rasool, shared the video and said that Nehru made the bid with sacred Vedic chants and prayers.

In the video, you can see the former prime minister participating in a bid before launching the ship.

On Tuesday, at a ceremony in Merignac ( France ) on Tuesday, Rajnath Singh formally took delivery of the first of the 36 long-awaited French-made aircraft acquired by the Indian Air Force. He performed puja on the new aircraft as he emblazoned it with an 'Om' tilak and laid flowers and a coconut, just before he took a sortie in the two-seater jet.

Reacting to development, main leader of the Congress Mallikarjun Kharge He called the event a tamasha. There is no need to do such 'tamasha' (drama). When we bought weapons like the Bofors gun, nobody went and brought them while he was showing off, Kharge said.

Congress leader Rashid Alvi also said, "This is a government of dramatics. You are going to France and performing Puja, wasn't the Rafale jet coming to India? You are going to a foreign country and doing all this drama."

The BJP reacted strongly to these comments and its attack was led by the president of the party. Amit Shah , who asked Congress to think about what they should oppose and what not. Shah said that 'Shashtra Puja' is done in Vijayadashami, which symbolizes the victory of good over evil.

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also criticized Kharge and accused Congress of forgetting Indian traditions.